"The Grave Robber's Work" as written by and John Kempainen Brian Eschbach....
The grave robber's work is never done,
It's up all night and sleep all day,
The hours are shit with hell to pay.
Pockets are brimming from our unique brand of sinning,
When the ladies claw my back at night,
I know I'm doing something right.
I deliver the goods as long as they don't ask,
Deny I'm a working stiff like dear old dad,
And to you and yours nothing but curses,
You'll slave your life away,
And for what?
You're just as dead as these old fucks.
They'll never get me,
I'll never run out of stock,
With every second that ticks past,
The bodies are still stacking up.

So I've clipped a few fingers off to get that gold
For which I lust from the deadman's bank and trust,
To the depths of hell or bust.
The blackened bits of exhumed evidence
Embedded neath my fettered fingernails,
It's but a smallish part of what our dirty work entails.

Come dance with me,
This graveyard planet that you've called Earth
You hold in such a high regard,
It's but as worthless as a turd.
Will you follow me into the dark?
I rob the dead for what they're worth,
Jewels, wealth, clothing, sex.
When the mood prefers to carve a sullen path through life,
Within the fallen's shoes you'd turn your nose at me,
Although I smell of sheik perfumes.

So I've clipped a few fingers off to get that gold
For which I lust from the deadman's bank and trust,
To the depths of hell or bust.

Haunted by faces when I try to close my eyes,
So deeply it festers,
The guilt is murder.

The blackened bits of exhumed evidence
Embedded neath my fettered fingernails,
It's but a smallish part of what our dirty work entails.
May the gods have mercy.


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"The Grave Robber's Work" as written by John Kempainen Brian Eschbach

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    General CommentThis one had me thinking a bit.

    A man who gets his wealth from doing work that would otherwise be looked down upon by society (grave robbing), yet he feels like it is not as bad as they say, because he maintains well.

    His father was one as well, but he is in denial that he is a bad as he was. (deny, deny, deny, deny I'm a working stiff like dear old dad"

    He feels guilt for doing what he does, but he must continue on.
    reedbadfishon July 01, 2011   Link
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    General CommentActually, if you read/listen carefully then it seems Trevor is hinting at the fact, that the Grave Robber doesn't just rob the dead, but also kills people to get the goods, if necessary.

    The most important line that supports this assumption is, "The guilt is murder!".

    You can take that line as a statement or a confession.
    As a statement it would mean, "I just rob the dead, I'm not the bad guy. Those who kill others are!".
    As a confession it would mean "I feel guilty because I killed for the goods."

    I think it's meant as a confession because alot of the lines make more sense and the song is much more tightly put together this way.

    For example, the lines in the second verse where the song builds up to the climax until the guitar-solo starts...

    "Will you follow me into the dark?" - He obviously lures people to dark places and tries killing them.
    "Come and dance with me." - "Dance" as a common metaphor for a fight to the death. When the guitar-solo then starts, they pretty much fight against each other.

    Also, the whole "Deny! Deny! Deny!" thing gets a deeper meaning. He feels haunted because of the murders not for robbing the dead. Begging the gods for mercy makes more sense too. The church bells ringing at the end of the song could actually stand for the funeral of his latest victim killed during the song.

    Just my 2 cents...

    PS.: The punctation in the lyrics are completely off on some places...
    Bakenekoon August 31, 2013   Link

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